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By Nathan Vandiver, contributing writer - UALR’s Sustainability Committee received four entries in the campus sustainability grant competition. Jamey Jones, earth sciences department professor, said research proposals were submitted from the biology department, construction management, the management department and the computer science department.

Student research was eligible to enter, but a faculty sponsor had to apply. Jones said a winner should be named in the next few weeks.

Two of the four research projects could win up to $400 in grant money. According to application guidelines, the money can go toward travel expenses, equipment purchases or to pay student workers.

The Sustainability Committee will require recipients to show how they are using their awards at a sustainability symposium during Earth Day events on April 22.

Last year was the first for this competition at UALR. “Hopefully, this will be an annual thing if funding stays the same,” Jones said.

According to the UALR Sustainability Committee’s website, grants of $500 were awarded last year to four different projects from three different departments. Wei Zhao of the chemistry department received both a research and a curriculum grant for studying the possibilities for byproducts of bacterial biofuel production. Also from the chemistry department, Leslie Koop won a research grant to find more sustainable chemical waste disposal methods for UALR.

From the earth sciences department, Amelia Robinson won both a research and a curriculum grant for trying to find how dissolved and solid materials end up in Lake Maumelle.

Logan Hamilton and Stephanie Kennedy of the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps received a grant for their exhibit on how individuals can reduce their use of natural resources through adjustments to their daily lives.

The Sustainability Committee also announced a grant competition for full-time and part-time faculty in courses related to sustainability and for incorporating sustainability into already existing courses. The deadline for applications in this competition is 5 p.m. Friday, March 4.

One grant of $400 and two grants of $200 are available. More information about these grants and their applications are listed at

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